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Price of domestic UK flights could be reduced after Brexit as Ministers consider amendment to Air Passenger Duty

Ministers revealed that the price of flights within the United Kingdom could be reduced right after Brexit as part of possible changes that would be made to the Air Passenger Duty. At the moment, passengers that are flying in economy class originating from a UK airport on a short haul flight is charged £13 in APD. On internal flights, they also have to pay the same fee on the return …

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Norwegian to abolish a US route due to postponement of reduction of air taxes

Norwegian is set to abolish its flights to Bradley in Connecticut in March and reduce frequency on two other US routes after Ministers postponed a reduction in air taxes. Its flights from Edinburgh to Stewart as well as to Providence in Rhode Island, would also be cut down from daily to just four each week. An industry expert called the routes’ “load factors” as “poor” with the Providence route garnering …

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Jamaica: More consumer protection needed, says Director General of civil aviation regulator

Nari Williams-Singh, the Director General of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), called for more protection for consumers when it comes to aviation services in their country. Recent complaints lodged by passengers of Fly Jamaica, who were stranded for days due to delayed flights, spurred the comments of Williams-Singh. The Director General revealed that his office has been discussing the matter with the Consumer Affairs Commissions since last year in …

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Ethiopian Airlines finalizes agreement with Zambia for relaunch of Zambia Airways

Ethiopian Airlines revealed that it has finalized a shareholders agreement with Zambia for the relaunching of Zambia Airways. The said agreement would see the Government of Zambia own majority of the shares at 55% while Ethiopian Airlines would get the remaining 45% stakes. Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam, said: “In line with our Vision 2025 multiple hubs strategy in Africa, we are delighted that the discussions with the Zambian …

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Argentina: Flybondi obtains Air Operator’s Certificate, prepares for launch

The Argentine Civil Aviation Authority recently announced that it has issued an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) to Flybondi. With the certification process already finished, the emerging low-cost airline has already begun selling tickets with its proposed launch set on January 26. Flybondi would start with flights from Córdoba Int’l to each of Iguazu, San Carlos de Bariloche (starts January 27), and Mendoza (starts January 29). After those, flights from Mendoza …

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ANALYSIS: ICAO carbon offsetting scheme under fire

SOURCE: FLIGHTGLOBAL.COM BY: KERRY REALS Opinions are divided over whether ICAO’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation should be the only market-based measure applied to the airline industry to address its impact on climate change. The industry is adamant that the global agreement struck at the 2016 ICAO Assembly should mark an end to its inclusion in a growing “patchwork” of environmental taxes and schemes in individual countries. …

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Kurdish and Iraqi delegates agree to lift flight ban, await for green light from Iraqi Prime Minister

Delegates from the Kurdistan Regional Government and Iraq have agreed to have Kurdistan Region airports fall under the jurisdiction of the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority, pending the approval of the Iraqi government. After hours of talks, representatives from the two groups came up with the recommendations, which they hope would resolve issues between the two administrations, one of which is the international flight ban. The international airports of Erbil and …

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IATA imposes smart luggage ban

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that it would be imposing a ban on smart luggage, claiming that it might not be safe. IATA pointed to the lithium batteries as a potential hazard, a point of contention that has been around for several years now. Back in 2016, the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 because of fears that its battery might combust. …

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Vietnam Airlines facing fierce competition on direct route to United States

The national carrier of Vietnam, Vietnam Airlines, is getting ready to launch the first direct route between Vietnam and the United States this year. Though nothing has been set in stone, reports indicate that the destination would be either Los Angeles or San Francisco. But Deputy Director of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), Vo Huy Cuong, says that they are facing a multitude of challenges, especially with the …

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Nigerian Airspace Management Agency vows to improve safety profile of nation’s airspace

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, Fola Akinkuotu, has pledged to airlines and other users of Nigerian airspace that his agency is hard at work in developing the safety profile of Nigerian aviation. With a year of also being the agency’s Chief Executive apart from being Managing Director, under his belt, Akinkuotu said that his administration is keen on continuing to propel the agency to “provide our …

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